The Library is open daily from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm. Many pupils use the Library for private study during lesson times and they are expected to quietly get on with their work. Pupils have open access to the Library at break and lunch during which times the atmosphere is more relaxed, but still purposeful as pupils drop in to do their homework, use a computer or read a book.
This year, as part of its role in promoting School-wide literacy, the Library is piloting a Year 7 Reading Scheme, which will culminate with the annual Readathon in aid of children’s charities.
The Library’s resources are under constant review to ensure that they support teaching and learning for the whole School. We are in the process of improving the service we offer by developing digital resources which will be available remotely to all pupils. Library resources currently include books and DVDs for reference and loan, iPads for loan within the Library, networked computers, printing, photocopying and scanning. Thanks to generous funding from the Parents’ Association, the Library now has Kindles available for loan to pupils.
From 4 to 5.30 pm the Library is the location of Aftercare provision for pupils in Years 7 to 11. Aftercare is free, fully supervised and there is no need to book a place for your child. Pupils are required to sign the Aftercare Register on arrival and departure. During Aftercare, the relaxed but purposeful atmosphere is maintained to enable pupils to get on with their homework. Food and drink are not allowed in the Library at any time and pupils are advised to have a drink and a snack at 4 p.m. before they go to Aftercare.